Clinical pathways for patients with giant cell arteritis during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international perspective.

Mackie, Sarah L, Brouwer, Elisabeth, Conway, Richard, van der Geest, Kornelis S M, Mehta, Puja, Mollan, Susan P, Neill, Lorna, Putman, Michael, Robinson, Philip C and Sattui, Sebastian E (2021) Clinical pathways for patients with giant cell arteritis during the COVID-19 pandemic: an international perspective. The Lancet Rheumatology, 3 (1). e71-e82. ISSN 2665-9913.

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Abstract

Giant cell arteritis, a common primary systemic vasculitis affecting older people, presents acutely as a medical emergency and requires rapid specialist assessment and treatment to prevent irreversible vision loss. Disruption of the health-care system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic exposed weak points in clinical pathways for diagnosis and treatment of giant cell arteritis, but has also permitted innovative solutions. The essential roles played by all professionals, including general practitioners and surgeons, in treating these patients have become evident. Patients must also be involved in the reshaping of clinical services. As an international group of authors involved in the care of patients with giant cell arteritis, we reflect in this Viewpoint on rapid service adaptations during the first peak of COVID-19, evaluate challenges, and consider implications for the future.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QW Microbiology. Immunology
WE Musculoskeletal. Orthopaedics
WW Eyes. Ophthalmology
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Ophthalmology
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Depositing User: Jamie Edgar
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 12:44
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 10:32
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3955

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